Next year if I continue the language assistant program it will be in the province of Madrid. As I await to hear which school I’ll be placed in, I have been all pros and cons about doing the program for a second year. But today I am more pros than cons.
Why I would like to do it for a second year:
- To continue improving my Spanish
- Now is a good time for me to be travelling: I have no long term commitments back in Australia.
- I am enjoying meeting new people from eveeeerywhere.
- I am enjoying learning more about the English language and talking about it.
- My career at home (in communications) can wait.
- As much as I miss Melbourne and a selective group of people in it, it will always be there.
- I am learning more about my country by teaching students about it. Who knew what Australia Day was about more than the Hottest 100…
- Working minimal hours means I have more time do other stuffs, like writing.
- I guess you never know – maybe other opportunities will come up in Madrid? Maybe I’ll want to stay there.
Why I would be hesitant to do it for a second year:
- My career is in communications, not teaching. Is it silly to do something for a second year just so you can continue experiencing life in another country? When I apply for jobs back at home, will it look bad that I ‘took a break’ for two years?
- I am 27 and capable. I can take on much more responsibility than what we do in the program (which isn’t really any).
- The program isn’t exactly well-organised. Actually it’s without a doubt the most disorganised program/job I’ve ever had, and that’s on both a higher, government level and on a coworker level with the teachers I work with on a daily basis. I can go into more detail if you like. OOOOH the detail I could go into…
- I miss home.
- There’s four months in between finishing this program and starting the next school year. It’s too expensive to go back home, plus I’d be going back home in time for a double winter. That sounds poo. I’ll need to find something to do here which doesn’t cost much money (but I think I have a job lined up which offers free accommodation).
- I love to be busy. This year I felt a little bored at some points when I wasn’t travelling. But I know this situation may change going from a small town in Andalusia to going to a big city like Madrid.
I guess the most concerning for me is going back home, everyone having babies and I’ll be starting anew. I know this is a silly problem. Travel is my passion and it’s something to do now, not later.
The good thing is I can accept my position and turn it back at the last minute and there’s a waiting list of people who would very much like to take my place. I guess I could even pull out once I’ve started if I really don’t want to stick it out for another eight months.
So can someone help me feel better about the cons please?